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Tree of Life by Pomegranate Arts and Crafts
Hand-Painted Kalamkari Wall Art




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Pomegranate Arts and Crafts brings us a collection of 'Tree of Life' wall art, hand painted using the traditional Kalamkari technique. These paintings, by artist Nagamani Tummuru, celebrate the beauty of life through the trees and peacocks, as the tree has, for ages, stood as a symbol of life, hope and truth. Here, the effulgence of colors in the many renditions of the Tree of Life, that emerge on the cotton base, create resplendent spreads. Kalamkari is derived from the Persian words kalam (pen) and kari (craftsmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.The craft made at Andhra Pradesh, evolved with patronage of the Mughals and the Golconda sultanate. It is a unique style of resist dyeing that has been a part of the region's traditions and has been used in temples. Nagamani Tummuru has had a tumultuous journey in life, from having been born in an underprivileged community to a master painter, riddled with socio economic limitations yet having nurtured the dream to pursue her passion in this ancient art form. The artist in her blossomed during her training with Kalam Creations Artisan society, an NGO dedicated to socio-economic upliftment of Kalamkari artisans founded by Mamata Reddy, a revivalist of hand painted kalamkari. Through her sheer grit and perseverance, Nagamani has made a mark as a successful artist. She has collaborated with a well known fashion designer for the Lakme Fashion Week and many other national and international shows. She has also given a live demonstration of Kalamkari on the Indian Textile Day at LFW.